A YouTube channel called Epic Corruption has exposed a Russian Epic Games employee for allegedly leaking Fortnite updates, disrupting creator codes, selling exclusive cosmetics, revealing creator payments and more.
The video claims that Epic Games employee Alexey Gromsky, better known online as Loud Noise, has been sharing information about upcoming Fortnite updates with a number of top Russian content creators since he started working on the game in 2018. The video itself shows a screenshot of the 18.00 version download screen Fortnite a month before its official release, Mike Lowrey Outfit outfits three weeks prior to its announcement and gameplay in Chapter 3 of Season 2 prior to its launch. All this leaked information and more allegedly sent Gromsky himself to the group of Russian content creators.
The video, which is no longer available due to copyright infringement by Epic Games, also claims that any creators who have shared “cash for a game update or Alexei’s work” will become “Target One,” meaning that they support a creator codes will be disabled. It is alleged that Gromsky will disable Creator Codes just a day before the next payout is due to “trolling the creators”.
According to the video, Gromsky often asked Russian creators (with whom he shared information) for money: “I help you, I stand for you, I prevent your tags from being removed. I share the leaks with you, so I don’t mind some financial help.” It appears that the money was used for Gromsky’s vacation with Russian content creators.
In the summer of 2021, Streamlabs hosted an event where they sent redeemable codes to Fortnite creators so they could be given away to viewers. Once Gromsky learned about this, he is said to have told his Russian creative friends to give him the tokens so that he could sell them on the black market. Two years earlier, in November 2019, an employee allegedly used Epic’s proprietary tools to generate tokens for Merry Mint Pickaxe so that they could be sold for a full profit.
In October last year, Gromsky’s work contract with Epic Games was extended, and, according to the video, he began “actively pushing his friends.” [the Russian content creators] to start making maps in creative mode.” Gromsky then leaked the January 2022 best creative mapper payouts in an effort to motivate his friends. Using Epic Games’ developer tools, he was then able to push his friend’s maps to the front page of Discovery in-game, which are viewed by millions Gamers were promoted daily. Gromsky’s friends maps were also promoted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter through posts from official Fortnite accounts. The employee also allegedly used his developer tools to copy entire islands of successful mapmakers so that his friends could copy them. The video claims that A Russian creator uses three different Epic Games accounts (all with their own creator code) to post different maps. Gromsky then promotes these maps using the official Fortnite social media, avoiding any doubt thanks to the different names used on each account and generating Support-a money -Creator in the process.
Due to sensitive information included in the YouTube video by Epic Corruption, we cannot share it here.
Epic Games released the following statementConfirming the start of the investigation into the allegations:
“We have blocked this contractor’s access to Epic’s systems while we actively investigate these allegations. The video has been removed due to sensitive personal information embedded about the creators in the Fortnite community.”
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